3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Ford Flex

Expert's Rating

4.5Excellent

MPG 17 City / 24 Highway
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Introduction

The Ford Flex hasn't really caught on with the buying public -- and that's too bad, because it's one of the best crossover vehicles on the market. For those who want a Flex, however, the deals are tremendous. Expect deep discounts with your CarsDirect price and manufacturer rebates.

Standard across the line is front-wheel drive and a 3.5-liter V6 with a six-speed automatic transmission. The most important factor in your Flex choice is trim level:

SE: Don't look for lots of standard extras on the base model. There aren't many options, either -- you can't have all-wheel drive, automatic climate control or leather upholstery, for instance. But for families who want maximum utility at a low price, the SE offers good entry-level value.

SEL: The SEL doesn't add much to the standard features list, but it unlocks access to a wide spectrum of options and option packages. If you need all-wheel drive or the tow package, this is the lowest level at which you can get it.

Limited: A top-of-line Flex is substantially more expensive than the SE and SEL, but comes with standard features like a power liftgate and HID headlights. Opting for a Limited is also the only way to access an optional 365-horsepower EcoBoost engine and an automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

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